VT408E-2015 Qualitative Camp

Bodø Graduate School of Business takes great pleasure in inviting you to the 13th Qualitative Camp Ph.D course in Bodø and Kabelvåg/Nyvågar 8th-12th of June, 2015.

The course is targeting both Ph.D students and faculty at universities and colleges seeking to improve their skills in qualitative research methods. The course is designed to make participants familiar with different aspects, approaches and traditions of qualitative research methods and design, and to discuss this in relation to their own research projects. The course covers issues within the field of social science research. The course will combine plenary and group sessions - and perhaps most important - ample opportunities for informal discussion.

We are very proud to present the following faculty:

Qualitative Camp Faculty,
Bodø Graduate School of Business:

Associate Professor Frode Fjelldal-Soelberg
Associate Professor Jan-Oddvar Sørnes
Professor Larry D. Browning, Bodø Graduate School of Business and University of Texas at Austin

Invited professors:

Professor Karen Lee Ashcraft, University of Colorado, Boulder
Associate Professor Odd Birger Hansen, Harstad University College (invited)

In addition to plenary sessions - where the professors will give lectures on specific topics - the participants will work in groups; each supervised by one or several of the professors. In these group sessions, the participants will get the opportunity to present and discuss their own research (methodological approach). To prepare for the discussions, fellow participants and faculty will receive your paper/proposal written prior to the course.
The conference language is English, and the papers should be written in English. Participants are expected to turn in a paper/proposal prior to the conference (May 25th), and a complete paper after the course (October 1st, 2015). Upon approval of the final paper, 7.5 ECTS is awarded.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Jan-Oddvar Sørnes, PhD.
Phone: 47 755 17233/ 47 908 39821

The social setting for the course

Graduate level seminars and courses like this are often offered on campus at an academic institution, which is a well-known context for all of us. We challenge the familiar and relocate to less familiar surroundings, to the small fishing village of Kabelvåg in Lofoten, at the Nyvågar Rorbyhotel


Tentative Program

Monday June 8th
14:00 - 14:30 Opening and introductions on the Coastal Steamer (port in Bodø)
14:30 - 15.00 Plenary session by Larry Browning: "On-the-boat" observation - Purpose and
15:00 - Coastal Steamer departs from Bodø to Lofoten (Svolvær)
15:00 - 21:00 Observation and note-taking on the boat
21:15 - 21:40 Bus from Svolvær to Kabelvåg
21:45 Arriving at Hotel/Check in
22:00 Evening meal

Tuesday June 9th
09:00 - 12:00 Plenary session by Larry Browning: From data collection to writing-up qualitative research
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 Plenary session by Larry Browning and Jan Oddvar Sørnes
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee/tea break
15:30 - 18:00 Project presentations by participants
19:00 Dinner

Wednesday June 10th
09:00 – 12:00 Plenary session - TBD
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 15.00 Plenary session - TBD
15:15 - 17:30 Project presentations
18.00 - 19.30 Free time/mountain hike/sea-rafting trip (own expense)
20:00 - Dinner

Thursday June 11th
09:00 - 10:15 Plenary session - TBD
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary session - TBD
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13:00 - 16:30 Project presentations
17:00 - 19:30 Free time/wooden hot-tub.
20:00 Dinner

Friday June 12th
09:00 - 12:00 Plenary session by all faculty - Q and A roundtable.
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (check out)
13:30 - 15:30 Departure

Tentative - may change.

Practical Information and Deadlines

The conference fee for QC is NOK 9500.- and includes the following:
4 nights at Nyvågar* (8th - 12th), breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Transportation is also included from the Bodø Harbor (Coastal Steamer), and all the way to the hotel on the 8th.
Travel to and from Bodø, from your original destination is at own cost. Also, lodging beyond the 4 nights at Kabelvåg, is covered by the participant. Also, travel from Kabelvåg on the 12th, or at any other time, is at your own cost.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MAY 15TH Download application form here

Because of limited space we can only allow up to 20 participants.


We kindly ask you to notice the following deadlines:

• Registration form and CV: May 15th, 2015
• Payment:May 25th, 2015
• Submission of paper/proposal: May 25th, 2015

As a rough guide, papers prior to Camp should be 5-10 pages in length not including charts and references - line spacing should be 1 1/2 (one and a half). The papers should focus on the research problem and methodological issues concerning your research. Further guidelines about the paper due in October will be given at Camp or by inquiry.

Please send application and your CV to: Bjørn Åge Rånes (BRA@UIN.no )
Papers/proposals should be sent to: joo@uin.no

We welcome you to Bodø and Kabelvåg in June 2015

If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact:
Jan-Oddvar Sørnes, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Bodø Graduate School of Business
N-8049 BODØ, Norway
E-mail: Joo@uin.no  
Phone: 0047 75517233 Cell: +4790839821


More articles will be added later, but for now please get these books and read them prior to Camp:

Browning, L. & Morris, G. H. (2012). Stories of life in the workplace: An open architecture for organizational narratology. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-53999-9.

Sørnes, J-O, Browning L.D, and Henriksen, J. (2015) Culture, Development, and Petroleum – an Ethnography of the High North, Routledge

Glaser and Strauss (1967). The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research.

Alvesson and Sköldberg (2000). Reflexive methodology: new vistas for qualitative research. L